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to beat president obama. a look at the war in afghanistan. now the longest war. how do we get out? does obama's policy differ from president bush's and what is the effect for generations to come? joe and mika and willie join in the conversation later this hour. we begin with the debt crisis. they are trying to make a deal on the deficit. houses of congress are rolling out separate compromises to safe off a default. harry reid is meeting with mitch mcconnell to craft a solution to appeal to both parties. according to reports, this would do the following. it would allow the debt ceiling to be raised three times for a total of $2.5 trillion. in exchange, some $1.5 trillion in spending cuts would be enacted. the plan would be established to identify new deficit cuts. proposal, already, getting a lukewarm response from the fellow republicans. among them, the freshman snar mark arubio and tom coburn. take a listen. >> it gives the president the ability to raise the debt limit. the debt limit isn't the problem. the problem is the debt. the plan, as outlined to me isn't a credible solution. >>
in afghanistan that the top u.s. commander is now calling unfathomable. the half brother of hamid karzai gunned down in his own home. ahmed wally karzai was an influential figure inside afghanistan and a very controversial one who had deep connections with the white house. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence. lots at stake here as well, chris. what do we know? >> wolf, afghans who have been complaining about corruption in the afghan government probably will shed no tears at the death of ahmid wally karzai. on the other hand, he helped hamid karzai exert fouer down in the south in kandahar where the president probably would not have been able to exert that power. so his loss british columbiaens karzai at a time when negotiations with the taliban move forward and it also may have very big repercussions for the u.s. effort in the south. people called president hamid karzai's brother a corrupt gangster. but the cia's former head of counterterrorism says the u.s. may miss him. >> it's quite like live that what follows is going to be something that will not work to our interest.
in afghanistan. the pentagon says funds from a $2.1 billion trucking contract to get supplies to american troops were funneled to the militants. a pentagon spokesman says a new contract will be awarded and applicants will be more thoroughly vetted. >>> we have an update tonight on the u.s. government law enforcement initiative that allowed guns to fall into the hands of mexican criminals. we have an exclusive report on some of the buyers in operation fast and furious. >> it's a lot of guns. that was the first thing that came into mind. >> this attorney represents manuel acosta, the man accused of recruiting 19 straw buyers later indicted for smuggling guns to mexico. >> they walk into a store, fill out a form, they buy a couple of rifles and walk out and give it to the guy. he gives them a few hundred bucks. >> to purchase a gun every buyer fills out this form. it asks, have you ever been indicted for a felony, been charged with a crime that allows for a year in jail? are you subject to a restraining order? the gun stores forwards that to the fbi, which then approves, denies or delays the purcha
on jobs in baghdad, kabul, kandahar, in other parts of the iraq and afghanistan. and the irony of course is that we are being told that we are in this terrible crisis, when the republicans brought out a military bill that increased the military by $17 billion, gives more money to iraq and afghanistan, and i have to say i am very nervous that the president might agree to keep troops in iraq next year, which is longer than george bush wanted to keep them there. so, yeah, i think we can in the short-term save a lot of money by bringing the troops home with no negative job impact. but to get back to your question, what mr. bernanke said correctly is, yes, over the long-term, you should have a plan for deficit reduction from both higher taxes in my judgment and spending cuts. but in the short-term, if you were to do that, you would slow down the recovery. and that's why it's a timing issue. >> in terms of what you just said there about defense cuts, and what might be possible in this congress, i feel like the things that i have heard from republicans that seem like they have sort of silver li
represented inside the halls corridor of power. afghanistan, you know, if we listened to president obama during the campaign, and i was one who said that,ing you know, progressives need to be tough and pragmatic about president obama as he is about us, he spoke about afghanistan as the good war, and he did that because he needed to show because of the national security state grip on our politics, until we find a way to end that, a president remains captive to a large extent. he had to show he was tough. i think now what's going on in this country is you have the ability, polls are snapshots, but on a number of core issues, afghanistan, corporate powers and others, there's majorities of people who want a way out of afghanistan, who believe corporate power is too strong in this country, and a president with leadership could seize that. it's not too late, and find a way to build politics around that. thinking of president johnson, wars kill, reform presidencies. president obama is a reform, maybe deluded, too limited, but in these areas, a reform president. it's imperative now for citizens,
operatives in yemen and somalia than all of afghanistan. >> you they very well be right about the numbers. a formal affiliation with the call core in the tribal areas. these groups have always seen some strength in the alliances. where you see instability in places like libya and yemen and syria, you worry about al qaeda and its affiliates. in chaos, they can take advantage of that situation, those ungoverned spaces to recruit, train and plan. so all of these governments in chaos represent a threat for us. >> there's a new head of the international counterterrorism center. what do you know about matt olson? >> he's a career guy. he's worked across different disciplines. he served both at the fbi then and also later at the justice department and the national security decision. well respected by law enforcement, gained some national security and intelligence experience over at the department. don't know about his relationship with the president, but that's less important than the counterterrorism center. as a career official, heel have that. so he's probably a pretty good choice. >> a follo
in afghanistan, general david petraeus targeted by bin laden. >>> and here in washington, president obama urges democrats and republicans to avert what he calls armageddon, telling them to set politics aside as the clock ticks closer toward an impending default on the u.s. national debt. >>> and californians are bracing for what they call carmageddon. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. breaking news and political headlines all straight ahead. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in the "situation room." >>> we begin with alarming new signs osama bin laden may have been plotting an attack on the president of the united states. those details coming from the stash of documents found inside bin laden's compound after u.s. special forces killed the al qaeda leader. our pentagon correspondent barbara star is working the details for us. tell us what we know, barbara. >> make no mistake about it that at this hour, there are grim new details about what osama bin laden had in mind. >> reporter: while hiding out in his compound, osama bin laden was hatching up a new nightmare sc
they get to afghanistan. we want you to listen and watch some of the things that we saw when we went there. >> the wounds appear to be superficial. >> 15 up, and ten minutes back. category a, priority one. >> reporter: every day, dozens of trauma patients are wheeled here. this man came from multiple stab wounds. but right alongside the civilian trauma doctors, nurses and techs, military personnel. >> the injuries that i have treated here and see here at this hospital are the closest thing to the injuries that i saw in iraq that i experienced in the continental of the united states. i have had a gentleman whose entire scalp was torn off in an industrial accident, and i have an individual who was now involved in a motor vehicle accident, and we have to rerecrate the skull like we have to do in an ied blast. >> if you suffer one of these traumas, but if you do, there is going to be medical personnel who was in the medical war zone, either as a reservists, or who served in active duty and then retired and went into private practice in communities across the country. doctors tell us what they
very much. >>> you've heard about the billions of dollars the u.s. is spending in aid for afghanistan, but you probably didn't know this, as much as $10 million a day chris lawrence has more, coming up next. life count on yo. that's why we offer accident forgiveness, man: good job. where your price won't increase due to your first accident. we also offer a hassle-free lifetime repair guarantee, where the repairs made on your car are guaranteed for life or they're on us. these are just two of the valuable features you can expect from liberty mutual. plus, when you insure both your home and car with us, it could save you time and money. at liberty mutual, we help you move on with your life. so get the insurance responsible drivers like you deserve. looks really good. call us at... or visit your local liberty mutual office, where an agent can help you find the policy that's right for you. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? >>> with all corruption we hear in afghanistan, there's no big shock that some of the billions isn't going where intended, but now we're hea
the morning off. >> we've got a lot of news this morning, including some breaking news out of afghanistan. >> that's right. we begin there where afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was found shot to death at his home. ahmed wali karzai was the provenÇal council chief of kandahar. he suffered gunshot wounds to his head and chest according to hospital officials. a spokesman for kandahar's government said a guard killed karzai. the taliban says -- >> we've seen the worst so far. excessive heat warnings and advisories posted in 23 states. the heat in many areas could reach 115 degrees. the heat wave is being blamed for one death in madison county, illinois. in oklahoma it was so hot, that part of a highway buckled. look at that. motorist was hospitalized after his bike hit the buckled pavement. in arkansas several communities have opened cooling centers. good rule of thumb in tis heat whatever you're doing don't overdo it. >> if you're going to go outside in heat like this better be drinking a lot of water before you come out. make sure you have some substance in your stomach or you
last act as commander of nato forces in afghanistan. he handed off authority to the new komd ander john allen. petraeus is retiring from the army at the end of the month. he will be taking over as director of the cia in september. >> that's right. the government not able to pay its bills is looming large they are morning. the clock ticks towards the deadline. 16 days now and counting. the president and congressional lead remember pecked to meet again this week. last week wasn't all that successful. at the same time, the senate will begin debating a scaled-back fallback plan. both sides say they are optimistic they will strike a deal. >> i'm confident cooler heads will prevail. at tend we will not allow the united states to default on its debt despite the fact some people think that would be okay. >> if the president keeps insisting on raising taxes on american workers, there's not going to be a deal. i do think, however, that republican leaders will not allow the country to go into default. >> president obama insists both parties must agree on a deal by friday in order for it to get pas
crossed over from afghanistan and attacked a village on back stanny soil. the military believes the gunmen were members of the pakistani pakistan in the swat valley. again, in 2009, a military operation chased them away. they say it's a tactic that will not work. wolf? >> an amazing, very, very amazing story. thanks very much for that. it's a startling claim by a man who wants to be president of the united states. we're going to focus on new remarks by republican presidential candidate herman cain who's taking his very vocal concerns about muslims to a whole new level. and when rupert murdoch faces british law makers in a matter of hours, he may feel like he and his entire media empire are on trial. stay with us. you're in "the situation room." discover customersl are getting five percent cashback bonus at the pump... and at many of the places their summer plans take them. it pays to switch, it pays to discover. >> announcer: this past year alone there's been a 67% spike in companies embracing the cloud-- big clouds, small ones, public, private, even hybrid. your data and apps must move ea
troops will have left all of afghanistan or be in support roles. >>> yesterday's handover took place in helmand province. it's a taliban stronghold where more foreign troops have died than in any other province. cbs news correspondent mandy clark was there for the changing of the guard. >> reporter: helmand province has been the deadliest battleground in afghanistan. nearly half of all coalition deaths have happened here. president obama's surge focussed on turning that around. the proichbs's capital saw troop movement of a different kind with the official handover to afghan forces. one sign of how fragile this security situation is the ceremony was not announced in advance. out of fear the taliban would strike. the new commander of coalition forces in afghanistan acknowledged the heavy price american and british troops paid for the progress made here. >> there are some voices that are raised to question whether this sacrifice has been worth it. those of white house wear this uniform have one answer. yes! >> reporter: it was certainly a proud moment for the afghan
withes raised concerns about their star witness. petraeus in kandahar afghanistan told him they exhibit the most yuaningful display of patism possible. he plans the withdrawal of 33,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan by september 2012. hugo chavez made a surprise return home. he's been in havana cuba for several weeks after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. former secretary of state condoleezza rice attended today's unveiling ceremony and remarked on the special relationship between the u.s. and britain. margaret thatcher paid tribute. >> they've got a statute and we've got an airport. probably some other things named after him, too. thanks so much for that. the housing crisis have been so painful for so many americans it can be even harder for american families. troops ordered to relocate can face massive losses on the homes they've been forced to leave behind. >> packing up and moving out. this is montgomery's 15th time for the military. but this time it's different as he makes his move to virginia, the financial burden of his north las vegas home will be. co-ing w
, significant change to the war in afghanistan. general david petraeus officially handing over command in that war. brand new video, here, this morning, the formal transition in kabul. lieutenant general john allen is in charge of the war and doug mcelway is life in d.c. on that, happening at a time when the country is dealing with more violence. what is happening there, doug. >> there is a lot of 0 carnage in afghanistan over the weekend and last week as well and the change of command ceremony went off as planned and u.s. and nato commanders wanting to send a message of stability an continuity, in the face of the taliban attacks and the general handing over the reins to john allen as he gives up the uniform he worked for more than 30 years to become the next director of the cia. and petraeus struck an optimistic tone today. . >> contrary to the forecasts of significant further increases in the attack levels this year the number of attacks the past two-and-a-half months was actually less than the number for the same period last year, even though there are over 80,000 more afghan and is
recommend to you relative to the issue of contracting in afghanistan a report, which was a major report of this committee in october of 2010 entitled inquiry into the role and oversight of private security contractors in afghanistan. it was a long investigation, a detailed investigation, a very disturbing investigation about the shortfalls of our private security contractors and the regulations and the policies needed to governor their operations. so the article we saw in the paper the other day about some of the funds ending up in the hands of our enemy. was based on that investigation made references, as a matter of fact, to the investigation. but in terms of trying to put an end to some of the ways it is going on relative to contractors in afghanistan, i would recommend that very detailed report that we all worked so hard on. and i was intrigued by your comment about how much personal pleasure you take from not being a lawyer, but i will not pursue that, being a lawyer. and since i'm interested in your rapid confirmation -- and unless there are any additional questions from senator p
on fuel and provide more enticing amenities to passengers. from afghanistan, the taliban says that their leader is alive and that a text message an internet posting announcing -- end internet posting announcing his death are fake. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. >> is weakened on "booktv," on c-span -- and this weekend on "booktv," on c-span2. on afterwards -- "after words," ben mezrich. look for the complete schedule at booktv.org. sign up for our e-mail alerts to get the schedule in your in box. -- inbox. >> "the supreme court" -- the new edition includes an interview with the newest supreme court justice, elena kagen, and you can add -- elena kagan. and you can add to your experience with -- "washington journal" continues. host: as we continue our precision about the debt ceiling and other related issues, we're pleased -- are, were stationed about the debt ceiling and other related issues, we're pleased to be joined by the chief deputy whip on the house side, peter welch. tell us why you voted against cut, cap, and balance ac yest today in the house
, that's clear, isn't it? so there he was, he was making his 15th trip to afghanistan and it was while he was over at camp leatherneck that the marines asked him, okay, if there are a bunch of pentagon cuts, how is that going to affect our equipment and stuff like that. and wherever he has gone so far during this particular swing through the country of afghanistan, the troops are saying are we going to get paid? and he's saying, i don't know. just know this whatever you are owed you'll get paid eventually. you know, and this is how this works down. if we do, talking about if we go into a debt ceiling where we can't pay our bills technically which i don't agree with anyway, let's say, the president has the tablt to decide who gets paid when. clearly the debt is going to get paid first. china and saudi arabia are paid before our military, as bad as that sounds, that has to happen, so our borrowing costs don't go through the roof and then pay the military and social security, and if you dodonn tt order, give the department of education money first, it's the president's fault. it's not congre
in afghanistan's air force. >> and are training in texas. ed lavandara has more on their history making mission. >> reporter: the passion and dreams of these four women easily cuts through their broken english. >> we are going to open the door for our laid niece afghanistan. it is a big deal for us to open the door. ladies that have dreams but can't do it. we want to show them. >> reporter: these laid reese lieutenants in the afghanistan military and have come to the united states to study english at the defense language institute in texas. it is their dreams of piloting helicopters that could help change the future of women in their homeland. >> these young ladies are path finders, trail blazers. and -- as such, they are subject to the criticism and antagonism of those that don't want to see the particular path. >> reporter: the soldiers say they are prepared for the scrutiny and are confident. >> the women of afghanistan, don't be afraid of anything. if you want to do something, you can do it. just believe in yourself you can do it. >> reporter: back home, these women are battling chauvanism.
men in the country of afghanistan has been assassinated, this man, the half brother of afghan president hamid karzai, shot dead by a bodyguard at his home in kanda kandahar, ahmed waleed karzai. president karzai said his brother's death shows that all afghan people are now suffering. we'll have more on this in a live report from afghanistan later on in the show. bill: in the meantime, she's holding ground in the state where she was born. minnesota congresswoman michelle bachmann, now leading the republican pack, according to a new poll for the iowa republican. she leads what many consider to be the frontrunner mitt romney 25-21 percent, so what would be her first order of business if she were to be elected to the white house? here's what she told bill o'reilly last night about that. >> bill, i am committed to the full-scale repeal of omabacare. we need a president that has a titanium spine, which is what i have. bill: all right. stephen hayes has the titanium spine every day, don't you steve? >> i do. bill: from the weekly standard and fox news contributor. what's doing in iow
, and two wars, iraq and afghanistan that were not paid for, and a bad recession that somebody was responsible for creating. and if you listen to the republicans, they are saying 2 1/2 years of the obama administration and the enormous growth in spending, that's to blame. >> i heard the same thing you heard. it's clear that they won't use george w. bush's name anymore, because the american public has said the statute of limitations is up on that, you cannot blame your predecessor anymore, and he did go through that litany. he did make the case i am on the side of the american public and the republicans are on the wrong side of public opinion on this. 80% of the polls that we looked at showed 67% of the american public wants to get a deal that has both revenue and spending cuts. but when you look at the internals of those polls, they also show the republican party itself is with the republican leaders in saying no taxes. it's kind of a split in the republican party for sure, but the overwhelming number comes from when you add in independent voters and democratic voters. so the p
. the first u.s. troops have left afghanistan. the draw down is under way. barbara starr is live for us at the pentagon. hey, barbara. >> good morning, soledad. the first of the 33,000 surge forces, in fact, yes, on their way home out of afghanistan now. u.s. officials are confirming about 650 troops mainly from the iowa national guard, left afghanistan on wednesday. they will not be replaced and that's how they're going to begin to achieve this draw down that president obama ordered. bring troops home as scheduled, don't send in new troops. soledad. >> the administration is jumping back into the don't ask, don't tell debate. what's happening now? >> well, this is really very interesting, but legally, a bit murky. the obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to suspend its ruling that would end enforcement of don't ask, don't tell in the u.s. military. what the obama administration says, it wants, is to keep to the new status quo, if you will, to follow that congressional law where the military will lift the ban on don't ask, don't tell. they're already working on it. they
'm prepared to have. as you know, we are spreading democracy around the world to places like afghanistan. here is what it looks like in afghanistan. a parliamentary brawl between two women. one in support of karzai, the other not in support of him. get the shoe up there. the other gets a water bottle. they watch them brawl before anyone steps in. it's a fine start. it's a young democracy. here is how you really want to do a parliamentary brawl. we have taiwan. that's pretty good. >> i remember this one. >> how about ukraine. >> oh, furniture. >> they kick down the door. chairs are going to fly there. >> do we have a winner? >> georgia. georgia. that's nice. that's a good one. there's a chair. you always want to get a chair involved. it's a city council meeting. how about south korea. let's do one more. look at him holding his ground. holding his ground. >> okay. ridiculous. what is your point here, willie? >> i don't have a point. >> we used to have good brawls. >> footage or re-enactment. >> a waste of time. >> did you hear about the picasso that was stolen? >> what happened? >> he steals a 1
news, four nato service members were killed in afghanistan this morning. three died during a roadside bombing in eastern afghanistan, the fourth during a separate insurgent attack. 280 international troops have been killed in afghanistan this year. >>> in kabul, british prime minister david cameron met with afghan president hamid karzai, and with general david petraeus. a u.s. and nato commander and unannounced trip there. petraeus is leaving afghanistan and the army next month to become director of the cia. >>> the senate gets back to work today on talks to raise the debt limit. less than four weeks now before the u.s. potentially defaults on its debts. earlier, chris asked republican senator ron johnson of wisconsin if the two sides can agree this week on the issue of whether taxes should be raised? >> i should think so. i think there's a growing group of i think senate republicans and house republicans that are willing to increase the debt ceiling, as long as we actually fix the problem. >>> and delaware senator chris coons told chris he also hopes a deal can be reached but republi
and afghanistan. >> reporter: dr. kim mulvihill, cbs 5 healthwatch. >>> a controversial ad campaign for milk is yanked in california just 10 days after it first appeared. the ads poked fun at pms and how men suffer along with women. they also claim milk can help treat the symptoms. some women's groups slammed the ads as sexist. state's milk board pulled the plug. >>> president obama says he has been left at the altar. >> they are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default. >> the house speaker walks out of debt talks. what happens next and why the gridlock could save you money on your vacation. >>> did you hear anything? did they catch you? >> a new kind of witness protection. how it's helping bay area police crack some of the toughest cases. >>> zapped before it even gets to the tap. what bay area drinking water is now being exposed to for the first time. ,,,, i know you're worried about making your savings last and having enough income when you retire. that's why i'm here -- to help come up with a plan and get you on the right path. i have more than a thous
for the country, troops from iraq and afghanistan laid to rest in a special section of arlington national cemetery. how their families are remembering their loved ones and honoring their sacrifices, that story tonight on the "cbs evening news." >>> all right, and now over to marysol castro, mary i couldn't help but notice the headline on your weather board. >> glor -- ious weather on the west coast in time for the shutdown of the west coast. jeff, love you. temperatures are a little bit below normal, winds are light, 5 to 15 miles per hour. unfortunately that's not the case in the middle of the country. this is heat. 86 in fargo, 93 in fargo tomorrow, 95 in fargo sunday, this bubble of heat sits in the middle of the country at least >>> this weather report sponsored by knneutrogena rapid wrinkle repair. >>> police are using fingerprints to identify people for over a century. now a new tool technology that allows them to identify faces. as the innovation gains popularity within law enforcement it's drawing criticism for those who say it's putting privacy at risk. elaine quijano, nice to see you. go
in afghanistan. despite this morning's violence, he remains optimistic the u.s. will defeat al-qaeda. he met karzai and david petraeus. >> the key is that having gotten bin laden, we've now identified some of the key leadership within al-qaeda, both in pakistan as well as in yemen. >> panetta is also meeting with american troops. president obama wants to bring about 10,000 service members back home this year, and 20,000 next year. >>> a strong earthquake in japan prompted a brief tsunami warning today. a magnitude 7.3 quake shook the northeast coast, the same area devastated by the march earthquake and tsunami. residents received orders to evacuate this morning, but the tsunami order was lifted after several hours. >>> house speaker john boehner is abandoning plans to pursue a massive $4 trillion deficit reduction package. speaker boehner says a smaller agreement is more realistic. >> both men agree, it's going to hurt. but where to find that money? that's where the two camps divide. republicans don't want tax increases. democrats want to keep entitlements like medicare, and social security
of 10,000 american troops in afghanistan by year's end, now under way. military officials say this is the first group of soldiers whose redeployment will not be replaced by a fresh rotation of troops. >>> five years after the idea was initially vetoed the state of california will now require public school history books to feature contributions by gay, lesbian and transgender people. brown calls the legislation, quote, an important step forward for our state. >>> one of california's most important commuter highways will slow to a crawl this weekend, and some are calling the gridlock karcakarmcarmageddon. the end goal of the project is to widen the road to ease c conjustion. >>> we'll talk with l.a. mayor about the road closure and how his city is preparing for carmageddon. >>> after hinting around it for months, some of you be able to ease through airport security. but be ready to give up some of your privacy. i will explain. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card,
arrived in iraq sunday after a visit to afghanistan. it's his first visit since taking office july 1st. three or four rockets hit the green zone in baghdad early this morning, an apparent signal from insurgents that they were aware of panetta's arrival. 15 soldiers were killed in iraq last month. panetta said iraqi extremists are being armed by iran with sophisticated weapons they're using to find and kill american forces. >> we're very concerned about iran and weapons they're providing to extremists here in iraq. and the reality is that we've seen the results of that in june. we lost a hell of a lot of americans as a result of those attacks. >> reporter: secretary panetta also said he is requesting that iraqi security forces step up security for american troops. if that doesn't happen, he said he has the sole authority to order u.s. military forces to conduct combat operations against the insurgents. >>> the fbi is leading an investigation into the discovery of a stun gun on board a jetblue airplane. cleaning staff found the device, which closely resembles a smartphone in the back sea
of the this week from afghanistan. >>> fbi launches murdoch investigation after learning that victims of families of 9/11, phones were hacked. >>> a top murdoch executive has resigned. rebekah brooks editor of "news of the world" when the most disgraceful allegations took place. to many in britain she became the face of this scandal, right? >> reporter: yeah, now she has finally gone after days of sort of clinging on to her job by her fingernails with everyone from the prime minister downward saying she should go. finally, this morning, she did resign. that's not the end of the story yet. she and rupert and james murdoch all have to appear before a committee in the building behind me on tuesday and they will be grilled by politicians who want some answers as to who knew what and when. >> dan rivers live out of london, we will follow the fallout, of course, from that resignation. >>> it took one of the fbi's most intense manhunts to finally nail mob boss whitey bulger but even behind bars, what damage can he still do? deborah feyerick looks into that. >> i met whitey between the age of 15 and 16.
in iraq and afghanistan, can they actually help people here at home? our barbara starr has a fascinating look into medical breakthroughs doctors have discovered from the battlefield. that is next. stay with us. (screams) when an investment lacks discipline, it's never this obvious. introducing investment discipline etfs from russell. visit russelletfs.com r a prospectus, containing the investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other information. read and consider it carefully before investing. >>> well, this fall marks ten years the u.s. has been at war in afghanistan. there's a strong connection between the care that troops receive on the battlefield and medical care here at home. in fact, some innovative techniques for treating traumatic injuries were developed on the battlefield out of pure necessity. our barbara starr joins us from the pentagon. barbara, always good to see you. it seems kind of odd here. it seems like tough to get training here that will prepare you for the battlefields, and then you go to the battlefield, and it actually trains you to come back here and be
, mullah omar was dead. we're following the story. we go live to kabul, afghanistan. david, this one has got people wondering. what's going on? >> reporter: well, the news first broke by an afghan television station and then later in the day, cnn and other media received a message by an individual claiming to be a top taliban commander. that individual said that mullah omar had died of heart failure last week and a successor had already been named. the taliban, like you said, later came out and said they have been the victim of a hacking and their phones and emails have been tapped. in fact this message was phoney. cnn doesn't have any confirmation of the sort. we spoke with nato official and they have no operational knowledge on the ground. so the whereabouts of mullah omar are unknown. last believed to be in pakistan, where taliban militants have launched attacks across that border against troops down in the southern region. it's those southern and eastern regions of afghanistan that have experienced some of the highest levels of attacks. and this all comes at a very interesting time.
in iraq, or afghanistan, by maintaining our current level of troops for the next ten years and nobody believes we'll maintain the current level of troops we have in iraq, or afghanistan, for the next ten years, so, this is phony savings, as is the claimed half trillion dollars in interest savings by not spending the trillions we weren't going to spend otherwise. alisyn: there are reports, obviously, the president invited congressional leaders, democratic and republicans, to the white house tomorrow and there are also reports out yesterday, "the new york times," that the white house has agreed to cut in entitlements. and, sounds like there may be progress, and, room to open the debate? >> there could be, but the question about the entitlement cuts is, are they real? are they likely to be realized and are they sooner rather than later? the president, we need to be on a glide path but for example the president offered, again, from my discussions with people who are knowledgeable about these discussions, between the white house and the congress, is they've offered a trillion dollars worth
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